Squalicum High School

November 1

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Week of November 4 - 8

Monday, November 4 - A Day

PTSA Meeting - 7 pm

Tuesday, November 5 - B Day

Wednesday, November 6 - A Day

Thursday, November 7 - B Day

Ping Pong Club in Gym - 3:30 pm

Friday, November 8 - A Day

Veteran's Day Assembly - 10 am

Administrator's Update

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Greetings Storm Family

This week, we will highlight a new-to-us program for students in the class of 2023. This “GEAR UP” program is in its third year having started in 7th grade for students at Shuksan Middle School. It is now focused on all students at Squalicum in grade 9. The Vision statement is written to keep our focus on students in-the-moment and to support them in their future plans; All students are academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the post-secondary program or institution of their choice. ​

Ms. Erin Neisinger is the program coordinator and has an office here on campus. She has already developed strong partnerships with staff in the high school and helped the Storm Family build connections with this year’s Freshmen class. Her work with students and staff has three main goals; to help students understand themselves, explore possible careers, and ​plan for their future career goals. Students can participate in leadership activities, personality tests, community and team building, career guidance lessons, field trips and college visits, tutoring, mentoring, and self-advocacy. ​ Essentially, all things ​that will help our students develop the skills and knowledge that they will need to be successful at whatever path they choose.

This focus on students in the 2023 graduation cohort is not the end of the story. As we work with Ms. Neisinger, one of our goals will be to adjust strategies from the Gear Up program to fit the needs of all students. Effective activities for students in grade 9 will be adjusted to fit other students’ needs and improve the experiences of students in grades 10 through 12. And, as the program proceeds through Squalicum over these next four years, we will be keeping effective activities and strategies to use for the next incoming class. This truly is a wonderful opportunity to positively impact graduation rates and student success. ​ Be on the look-out for more information on upcoming events and resources in our newsletter.

Marty Atkins

Assistant Principal


360-676-6470 x7612

BTC Tour is this week

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Career and College Planning Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 5-7:30pm

3773 East McLeod Road

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham Public Schools will host Design Your Future, a career planning workshop, 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Squalicum High School. The evening will be an opportunity for high school students and families to begin thinking about and planning their post-high school years.

Start the evening at 5 p.m. with pizza provided by the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation. The keynote presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. with Tanya Rojas of the Northwest Educational Service District 189 speaking on “Discovering your Passion.”

Following the keynote presentation, three break-out sessions hosted by regional employers and higher education specialists will take place on a variety of topics. Students/families will have an opportunity to attend three breakout sessions. Sessions will include representatives from technical college/community college; DigiPen Institute of Technology; aerospace, engineering, work-based learning programs and apprenticeships; services academies, ROTC, officer training and military service alternatives; and workforce education programs/professional technical programs.

You can also visit break-outs on the ACT and SAT, understanding public college and university admissions, and becoming a college athlete.

See you at Squalicum High on Nov. 19 and start planning your future now!

Fall Feedback from Families: please complete before November 22

Please set aside 5-10 minutes and help us collect important information about how our families and students experience our school. Click on the link below to proceed.


We use this confidential information to help us know what we’re doing well and how we can improve.


The ASB office will be closed Monday, November 4th and only open in the mornings the rest of the week. If you need to contact me please email shawn.flaherty@bellinghamschools.org. Thank you.